Krzysztof Zanussi

Krzysztof Zanussi

Bio

Born in 1939. Film and opera director, screenwriter, film executive. Studied physics at the Warsaw University (1955-59) and philosophy at Cracow Jagielonian University (1959-63). Graduated form Film Directing Dept. at the Lodz Film School in 1966. Made his first films in Amateur Film Club of Warsaw University in the 50’s. Since 1966 he directed many documentary films features for cinema and TV, both in Poland and abroad. From 1979 he is director of “Tor” Film Studio. His diploma etude The Death of a Provincial (Smierc prowincjala) (1966) won him many awards including Venice Lions. Received honorary degrees at several universities, cavalier of many orders (Poland, Italy, France). Professor at film schools, incl. Film School in Lodz and Britain, Radio and Television Department of Silesian University. Directs plays in theatres in Milan, Palermo, Bonn, Krakow, Bremen and Basel. President of European Federation for National Associations of Television and Cinema Directors – FERA, consultant of the Pontifical Commission of Culture Issues in Vatican. Life achievement awards: Yerevan International Film Festival, Career Award by Flaiano International Prizes, Italy, World Cinematography Award by Czech Critics , European David Award, Special Award by New York Film Critics Circle, and Golden Hugo, Chicago.

Filmography

2014 Foreign Body (Obce ciało)
2009 Revisited (Rewizyta)
2008 A Warm Heart (Serce na dłoni)
2005 Persona Non Grata
2002 Supplement (Suplement)
– FIPRESCI Prize – Special Mention at the Moscow IFF
2000 Life as a Fatal Illness Sexually Transmittedycie jako śmiertelna choroba przenoszona drogą płciową)
– Golden St. George at the Moscow IFF; Golden Lion, Critics Award and Best Actor for Zbigniew Zapasiewicz at the Gdynia PFF; Best Actor Jury Award for Zbigniew Zapasiewicz at the Santa Barbara IFF; Best Director Award at the Wine Country FF
1997 Our God’s Brother (Brat naszego Boga)
1995 In Full Gallop (Cwał)
– Special Jury Prize, Critics Award and Best Actress Award for Maja Komorowska at PFF Gdynia ’96; Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo IFF
1992 The Silent Touch (Dotknięcie ręki)
– Award for the best actor at the IFF Tokyo ’92
1991 Life for a Lifeycie za życie)
1990 Long Conversation with a Bird (Długa rozmowa z ptakiem)
1989 Inventory (Stan posiadania)
– Grand Prix at IFF Strasbourg ’90; Award at IFF Moscow ’90
1988 Wherever You Are (Gdziekolwiek jest, jeśli jest …)
– Award at IFF Montreal ’90
1985 The Power of Evil (Paradygmat)
– Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Montréal WFF
1984 The Year of the Quiet Sun (Rok spokojnego slońca)
– Golden Lion and Pasinetti Award at IFF VENICE ’84; Golden Glob Nomination
1982 Imperative (Imperatyw)
– Pasinetti Award and Grand Special Jury Prize at IFF Venice ’82
1981 From a Far Country; Pope John Paul II (Z dalekiego kraju; Jan Pawel II)
1980 Constans (Constant)
– Best Director Award and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury- Cannes ’80; Gdansk ’80; Panama ’81
1978 Spiral (Spirala)
– Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Cannes ’78; Critics Award and Best Score for Wojciech Kilar at the Gdynia ’78
1976 Camouflage (Barwy ochronne)
– Golden Lion, Best Screenplay Award for Krzysztof Zanussi and Best Actor Award for Zbigniew Zapasiewicz at PFF Gdansk ’77; Critics Award at the Rotterdam IFF ’78 and Best Director Award at the Tehran IFFT ’77
1974 Quarterly Balance (Bilans kwartalny)
– OCIC Award at IFF Berlin’75
1973 Illumination (Iluminacja)
– FIPRESCI Prize, Golden Leopard and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Locarno IFF; Special Jury Prize at PFF Gdansk and “Warsaw Mermaid” Award ’74; Figueira da Foz ’95
1971 Family Life (Zycie rodzinne)
– Silver Hugo at the IFF Chicago ’72; San Gregorio Prize at the Valladolid IFF ’72
1969 The Structure of Crystal (Struktura kryształu)
– Awards in Mar de Plata Valladolid, Panama, Colombo; Award of the City of Valladolid at the Valladolid IFF ’70 and the “Warsaw Mermaid” Award